Effects of Hand Press Pellet on Constipation in Patients with Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy

Jung Dawoon, Park Hyojung

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether hand press pellet is effective for constipation in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Methods: This was a quasi-experimental study that used non-equivalent control group pretest-posttest design. Participants were 52 breast cancer patients-26 each in the experimental and control groups. The intervention was conducted thrice a week for 6 weeks; for the experimental group, a hand press pellet was applied to the corresponding points (A1, A5, A8, A12, A16, N18, E22, K9, F6, D2, D6, H2, L4, B7, B19) of the left hand (palm and back) to alleviate constipation. Three and 6 weeks after the intervention, outcomes were measured by using the Constipation Assessment Scale, Bristol Stool Form Scale, and Patient Assessment of Constipation-Quality of Life questionnaire. Results: A significant difference was observed between the two groups on the Constipation Assessment Scale (x2=44.38, p<.001) and Bristol Stool Form Scale (x2=33.24, p<.001). Patient assessment of constipation-quality of life of the experimental group were statistically significant compared with that of the control group (F=37.23, p<.001). Conclusion: Hand press pellet can be used as an effective nursing intervention to alleviate constipation in breast cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalKorean Journal of Adult Nursing
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article is a condensed form of the first author’s master’s thesis from Ewha Womans University. This article was supported by Seoul Nurses Association nursing academy scholarship fund in 2020.

Funding Information:
This article is a condensed form of the first author's master's thesis from Ewha Womans University. This article was supported by Seoul Nurses Association nursing academy scholarship fund in 2020.

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Breast neoplasms
  • Constipation
  • Quality of life

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